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More than 60 Marines return home to Buckley

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Michelle Figler welcomes home her husband Sgt. Josh Figler. This was his first time holding his son Ryder. The Marines returned to Hangar 909 here, Jan. 31, from a seven month deployment to the Anbar Province, Iraq, where they performed tactical air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Bush)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Michelle Figler welcomes home her husband Sgt. Josh Figler. This was his first time holding his son Ryder. The Marines returned to Hangar 909 here, Jan. 31, from a seven month deployment to the Anbar Province, Iraq, where they performed tactical air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Bush)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Marine Cpl. Tyler Short returns home to the waiting arms of his children, Mason and Traci, and his wife, Miranda, outside Hangar 909. This was his first time holding his daughter Traci who was born while he was deployed. The Marines returned to Buckley, Jan. 31, from a seven month deployment to the Anbar Province, Iraq, where they performed tactical air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Bush)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Marine Cpl. Tyler Short returns home to the waiting arms of his children, Mason and Traci, and his wife, Miranda, outside Hangar 909. This was his first time holding his daughter Traci who was born while he was deployed. The Marines returned to Buckley, Jan. 31, from a seven month deployment to the Anbar Province, Iraq, where they performed tactical air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Bush)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Friends and family of returning Marines wait in Hangar 909 here for the C-130 carrying their loved ones back from deployment. The Marines returned to Buckley, Jan. 31, from a seven month deployment to the Anbar Province, Iraq, where they performed tactical air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Bush)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Friends and family of returning Marines wait in Hangar 909 here for the C-130 carrying their loved ones back from deployment. The Marines returned to Buckley, Jan. 31, from a seven month deployment to the Anbar Province, Iraq, where they performed tactical air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Bush)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- More than 60 Marines from Marine Air Control Squadron 23, stationed here, returned home from a 7-month deployment to Iraq Jan. 31.

The Marines were responsible for tactical air operations in the Anbar Province of Iraq.

Friends, family and coworkers piled into Hangar 909 and cheered ecstatically when the C-130 carrying the returning Marines made a fly-by, then ultimately landed.

It was an emotional event for everyone waiting for the C-130 to land. A mother, Debby Short, was looking forward to her son, Cpl. Tyler Short, seeing his daughter for the first time and his return to son and wife.

"I'm really looking forward to him meeting his daughter because he hasn't seen her yet," Ms. Short said with her emotions running on high. "(To) see how much Mason has changed, and see how much Miranda has grown into a really great woman. And I think he's going to be really pleased when he gets home."

Cpl. Short was among three Marines who saw their baby for the first time.

"It didn't really hit me until I saw him," said Cpl. Anthony Candelaria, another Marine seeing his new son for the first time. "All the excitement of seeing him and anxiousness of seeing him didn't really hit me until my wife and him started walking up."

The Marines will have a few days off to reacquaint with their friends and family before returning to full duty.
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